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1 Teaching culture(s) via movie scenes – selected activities for German movies Mag. Kerstin Istvanits Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) FLTA conference 2010

2 Agenda The challenge of teaching culture Audio-visual material as a key to culture Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) activity! Benefits of using movie scenes

3 The challenge of teaching culture What is culture? culture Students personal definitions of culture

4 Audio-visual material (AV) ~ key to culture AV material: authentic productions authentic language + culture Classification of AV material Movies, video-clips, movie scenes…

5 Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) Set in 1984 in East Germany DDR (GDR) Stasi Step1: movie night Step2: work with movie scenes in class

6 Das Leben der Anderen - activity Aim: to raise the students awareness of the senses Movie scene: Die Sonate vom guten Menschen tch?v=LhTQn2dbMaY tch?v=LhTQn2dbMaY

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9 Benefits of using movie scenes Short, but a rich resource (content, language) Authentic Easily accessible Entertaining Stimulate foreign language learning Give insight into culture(s) Better cross-cultural understanding

10 Additional Literature: Chavez, Monica (2005). Variation in the Beliefs of College Students of German about the Teaching of Culture. Die Unterrichtspraxis, 38 (1), Mittler, Alexandra (2010). Good Bye Lenin, Hello Movie Industry! Eine Unterrichtseinheit zur DDR. Die Unterrichtspraxis, 43(1), Sathe, Nikhil (2005). "Der Deutschlehrer des Grauens!" Using Film Titles to Practice the Genitive Case. Die Unterrichtspraxis, 38(2),


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